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10 Jun 2020 - 05:59 - NORILSK - Local Press Report
The maximum allowable concentration of hazardous substances (MAC) in water of fuel-contaminated reservoirs in Norilsk exceeds the norm 60 times "in the most difficult zones," First Deputy Emergenci
9 Jun 2020 - 08:32 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Singapore's Securities Investors Association (SIAS) called, 3 June, for the directors of Hyflux Ltd. to step down in the wake of continuing travails for the company. The troupled environmental sercies company and its current and former directors are currently under criminal investigation over corporate governance issues, including non-compliance with accounting standards.
9 Jun 2020 - 07:11 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report from the United Nations’ High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) suggests that improving water supply, especially in developing nations, would have a significant positive effect on the amount of plastic waste dumped in oceans.
9 Jun 2020 - 07:08 - LUXEMBOURG, Luxemburg - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced an investment of $12.5 Million USD for construction of a wastewater treatment plant and related sewerage network for the municipality of Gjilan/Gnjilane in Kosovo. Funds will also be applied to other key environmental protection infrastructure. The project will be co-financed by EBRD ($11.5 Million USD) and an EU grant of $4 Million USD.
9 Jun 2020 - 07:59 - RESTON VA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In its annual prediction of hypnoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has warned of a larger area of “dead zone” than in 2019 but below historical levels of 2017.
High spring rainfall in the Mississippi River watershed has led to excessive nutrient pollution in both urban and agricultural areas. When the excess nutrients reach the Gulf, algae growth expands exponentially. The eventual death of the algae leads to decomposition and oxygen depletion. The low oxygen levels contribute to the loss of most marine life and, in particular, the species that are unable to swim or move sufficiently far away.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:08 - FLINT MI - Local Press Report
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has denied requests of former Gov. Rick Snyder and ex-state Treasurer Andy Dillon for a stay of depositions tied to claims against other defendants and dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the pair’s appeal of the denial of a protective order they sought in U.S. District Court.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:10 - CORDOBA - Local Press Report
The residents in the hamlet of Las Jaras in Cordoba have taken to the streets this past weekend in protest at being left without drinking water for more than a week.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:14 - BISHKEK - Local Press Report
Violence among residents on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend has left dozens hurt and prompted a bout of rapid, high-level diplomacy between the leaders of the two nations.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:05 - HAZELTON - Local Press Report
The Office of the Wet’suwet’en is investigating two fuel spills on its territory, both located near the Morice Forest Service Road where conflict over the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columb
9 Jun 2020 - 05:07 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) and the consortium led by the Metito Group and comprising the companies; Metito, Mowah, and Orascom Construction (the Consortium) today confirmed the successful financial closing of the Kingdom’s first independent sewage treatment plant (ISTP) to be awarded to the private sector under the Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) concession model with a tenor of 25 years, in Dammam West.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:10 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Stantec, a leading international professional services company in the design and consulting sector, said a consortium led by the company has won a contract from Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) to help improve access to sanitation services through wastewater infrastructure for communities in the country's Fayoum governorate.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:13 - FARO - Local Press Report
Environmental association Almargem is threatening to file a complaint with the European Commission if the Portuguese government fails to take action to stop the ‘Vilamoura Lakes’ (Cidade Lacustre) development project, which it describes as an “environmental attack”.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:03 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
Images have confirmed three things: 1) the intrusions in Galwan were at a single point, involving not more than 40 to 50 Chinese troops; 2) the Chinese intrusion lasted at best for two weeks and had been cleared by the third week of May, when the status quo was restored in the Galwan sector. 3) However, a serious situation has arisen due to China cutting off the waters of the Galwan river, which amounts to a weaponisation of China’s upper riparian rights.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:06 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China's ecological environment improved in 2019 amid anti-pollution efforts and push for green development, an official report showed Tuesday. Surface water quality mostly kept improving.
9 Jun 2020 - 05:04 - HANOI - Local Press Report
The World Bank has approved a $84.4 million loan for Vietnam to promote a climate resilient landscape, including green transportation and energy systems.
6 Jun 2020 - 11:28 - BOGOTA, Colombia - Staff - Water Diplomat
World Environment Day (5 June) 2020, hosted by Colombia, had the theme "Time For Nature". In an address marking the occasion Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), described “Humanity’s unhealthy relationship with nature”, saying that “The science does not lie…We can tell much of the story of the damage our species has wrought with a few facts”:
- Humanity has altered 75 per cent of the Earth’s ice-free surface.
- Since 1990, 420 million hectares of forest, equal to three times the size of South Africa, have been lost.
- Nearly one million species face extinction, while the illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest illegal trade crime in the world.
- COVID-19, which was transmitted from animals to humans, is a direct warning that nature can take no more. COVID-19 is zoonotic, a type of disease that transmits between animals and humans. We are facing it in large part because humanity’s expansion into wild spaces and exploitation of species brings people into closer contact with wildlife. COVID-19 may be one of the worst, but it is not the first. 75 Percent of all emerging infectious diseases are of zoonotic. origins. Ebola, SARS, the Zika virus and bird flu all spread from animals to people, often due to human encroachment on nature.
6 Jun 2020 - 10:04 - Rome, Italy - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has agreed on $700 Million USD for projects and programmes to help developing countries keep advancing urgent environmental priorities through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. The new and expanded programming, announced 3 June by the Facility’s governing body, will help developing countries protect marine biodiversity, fight wildlife trafficking, tackle dangerous uses of mercury, and fortify defenses against climate change in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, in basic services such as drinking water, and other areas.
6 Jun 2020 - 09:04 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified water security among six “global systemic risks” in a white paper which outlines a governance framework to enable the investment community to address the annual investment gap of $6.26 Trillion USD required to mitigate these risks. The other systemic risks are climate change, population growth, geopolitical uncertainty, negative interest rates and technology disruption.
“Transformational Investment: Converting Global Systemic Risks into Sustainable Returns”, released in May, provides new insights to ensure that the long-term impact of non-traditional risks and opportunities can be better understood.
4 Jun 2020 - 06:31 - Moscow, Russia - Staff - Water Diplomat
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin declared a local state of emergency 3 June after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into rivers from a power plant in the Arctic north of the country.
The contamination happened 29 May when the “oil products” leaked from a tank in an industrial plant operated by Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company, a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and one of the largest producers of nickel, platinum and copper.
Putin said in a 3 June meeting with officials that “The accident took place at the industrial site of the Nadezhdinski Metallurgical Plant, and part of the spilled petrochemicals, a considerable amount actually, seeped into the Ambarnaya River”.
4 Jun 2020 - 05:05 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
In an interview, Rodrigo Mundaca, Agronomist and National Spokesperson of the Defence Movement for Access to Water, Land and Environmental Protection (MODATIMA), responds to the interview question: